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  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Frogs

In between hospital visits, I wandered over to the Natural History Museum to look at the Frog exhibition–A timely exhibit because, what with gourmets consuming their legs at an unsustainable rate and the destruction of their habitats, frogs are a fast diminishing organism.

For the most part the frogs, free to hop and skip in authentic-looking miniature habitats,  are tiny, fluorescently coloured and bizarrely patterned–this kind is also deadly. Forrest hunters used to dip the tips of their darts in the poison taken from the frog’s skin so as to ensure a kill wherever the prey was hit. They were very careful to cook the meat well before eating it, though!

But not all. There are displayed some big ugly ones as well.

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The newly-cleaned façade of the AMNH

Frogs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes

Frogs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes

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